Delbert Belton, WWII vet, beaten to death. Manhunt continues
Delbert Belton, a WWII vet, was beaten to death by two teens in Spokane, Wash., say police. Delbert Belton fought in the battle at Okinawa. A manhunt for one teen continues.
Delbert Belton survived the battle of Okinawa, but he lost his life this week in the parking lot of an Eagles Lodge in north Spokane.
Spokane police were still looking for one of two teens suspected in the beating death of the 88-year-old World War II veteran.
Police believe the two black 16-year-old boys approached Belton in his car at random Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting for a friend.
Officers found Belton with serious head injuries, and he died in the hospital Thursday.
One of the teens surrendered to authorities Thursday night, and he was being held on charges of robbery and first-degree murder. His identity has not been released because he is a juvenile.
Police Chief Frank Straub identified the suspect still at large Friday as Kenan D. Adams-Kinard. Even though he is a juvenile, his name and photo were released because he remains a danger to the community, Straub said.
The Associated Press doesn't usually name juvenile suspects but is identifying Adams-Kinard because of the manhunt.
"We are asking the community's assistance to locate him," Straub said. "We are asking Mr. Kinard to surrender immediately.
"He displayed very aggressive and violent conduct with his assault of Mr. Belton," Straub said, adding that he believed the arrest of the second suspect was imminent.
Both teens have juvenile court records and past convictions for assault, Straub said.
Belton's death has struck a chord nationally and sparked outrage on social media.
"He fought for this country," said Belton's sister, Alberta Tosh, on Friday. "Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way."